LibriVox recording of As You Like It, by William Shakespeare.
One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, As You Like It is a pastoral comedy of mistaken identity, wit, and love. Daughter of a banished duke and forced to flee the court, Rosalind hides in the Forest of Arden disguised as a man. When her true love Orlando also shows up in the forest, she courts him without revealing her identity. Meanwhile, Phebe mistakenly falls in love with her disguise, Silvius pines for Phebe, Jacques philosophizes, and Touchstone makes fun of it all, and love and happiness triumph (for the most part) as Rosalind orchestrates a happy ending amid the confusion. (Summary by Rosalind Wills)
Cast: Duke Senior –hefyd Duke Frederick – Chugosh Amiens -- Cecelia Prior Jaques -- Elizabeth Klett Le Beau -- Simon Larois Charles -- Leon Mire Oliver -- Larysa Jaworski Jacques du Boys and Second Lord -- David Lawrence Orlando -- mb Adam – Brian Edwards Dennis – Annoying Twit Touchstone -- Mark F. Smith Sir Oliver Martext -- Aaron Elliott Corin – Sibella Denton Silvius -- David Nicol William -- Ernst Pattynama Hymen -- Lorelle Anderson Rosalind -- Rosalind Wills Celia – Philippa Phebe -- Charlene V. Smith Audrey – Mindy H First Lord – Mirza First Page – Ruth Golding Second Page – David O'Connell Forester – pla303 Stage directions – Laurie Anne Walden
Audio edited by Rosalind Wills
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December 4, 2020 Subject:
Read, but not understood
With some exceptions, the cast here isn't acting so much as they are reading aloud from a book whose words they barely understand. The voices are monotone and without the prosody of meaning, actors even read their own stage directions with no change of infliction to denote what is and isn't actually voiced by their character.
It's listenable, in the most literal sense of the word - a minimum of background noise, and is edited relatively well - but it's not the least bit enjoyable.